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Mandalas in Christian Art: Images of Wholeness   (web-seminar)     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mandalas in Christian Art:  Images of Wholeness     (web-seminar)      

 

 

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Leader:   Victoria Scarlett

 

Date:       Wednesday, December 2, 2009

 

Time:       7:00 to 8:30 pm Eastern   (a 90-minute webseminar)  --  6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

 

Cost:        $15.00        

Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register.   Also, please note:  This class is offered as a web-seminar which requires that participants be online and on a landline phone at the same time.  Before you register, please see our FAQ page for how web-seminars work.      

Class#:     CMC-SP119 

 

Class size:  Limited to 10  

 

 

The circle--without beginning or end—is the pre-eminent symbol of perfection and eternity. Discover how Christian artists and architects throughout the centuries have used the circular mandala (a symbolic diagram of sacred space) to express transcendent realities and inspire the faithful. Learn how mandalas can help focus your mind, open your heart, and illuminate your soul by pointing to a sense of oneness with the divine source from which all life arises.

 

In this richly illustrated web-seminar we will cover a wide range of Christian art—from architecture and liturgical objects, to stained glass and paintings. Find out what church domes and the paintings of Hildgegard of Bingen have in common. Learn about the sacred geometry of medieval cathedral rose windows. Find out how medieval monastics used mandalas for devotional meditations. See how mini-mandalas appear in Byzantine and Russian icons.  Enjoy how contemporary artists have creatively constructed mandalas to express Christian themes. Don't miss this unique and enriching exploration of sacred art that’s as beautiful as it is inspiring!

 

 

 

 

Victoria Scarlett is the Director of the Center for Sacred Art, Seattle, an independent educational organization that explores sacred art from within a multi-faith context. As an art educator, cultural historian, and artist, she has a special interest in reclaiming sacred art as a tool for spiritual practice and conscious living.  Her art talks, tours, workshops, and retreats have been enthusiastically received at spirituality and retreat centers, universities, museums, churches, and cathedrals throughout the Northwest--including St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (Seattle) and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Portland, OR). 

Victoria holds a Master’s degree in Art History (emphasis in late Medieval and early Renaissance art) from the University of Washington, a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from San Francisco State University.  She has over a decade of experience curating educational exhibitions at institutions of higher learning.

 

The Center for Sacred Art website can be found at www.centerforsacredart.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An Introduction to Icons and Visual Meditation  (web-seminar)       

 

 

Leader:    Victoria Scarlett

 

Date:        Last held Wednesday, September 9, 2009

 

Time:        7:00 to 8:30 pm Eastern  (a 90-minute web-seminar)   --  6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00  Pacific

 

Cost:         $15.00              

Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register.   Also, please note:  This class is offered as a web-seminar which requires that participants be online and on a landline phone at the same time.  Before you register, please see our FAQ page for how web-seminars work.

Class size:   Limited to 10

 

Class #:        CMC-SP115

 

 

 

Are you curious about icons?  Do you wonder about the ways they're used and how they fit into Christian life and theology?   If you've felt drawn to the beauty and contemplative qualities of icons but know little about them, this class is for you.

 

Join us for a web-seminar presentation in which Victoria will take participants through a series of icon slides and you'll learn about how icons offer transcendent depictions of sacred reality.   The class will include descriptions of how churches are incorporating icons into their communal life, and will provide suggestions for how you can use icons in your own spiritual practice.  Many illustrations of -- and resources for -- icons will be shared.  The class will also include instruction in a visual mediation technique that is useful for contemplating icons and other kinds of images.

 

This class will be held as a web-seminar.  For more information about how a web-seminar works, click here.

 

 

Victoria Scarlett is the Director of the Center for Sacred Art, Seattle, an independent educational organization that explores sacred art from within a multi-faith context. As an art educator, cultural historian, and artist, she has a special interest in reclaiming sacred art as a tool for spiritual practice and conscious living.  Her art talks, tours, workshops, and retreats have been enthusiastically received at spirituality and retreat centers, universities, museums, churches, and cathedrals throughout the Northwest--including St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (Seattle) and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Portland, OR). 

Victoria holds a Master’s degree in Art History (emphasis in late Medieval and early Renaissance art) from the University of Washington, a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from San Francisco State University.  She has over a decade of experience curating educational exhibitions at institutions of higher learning.

 

The Center for Sacred Art website can be found at www.centerforsacredart.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Illuminated Prayer Books for Inspiration and Meditation   (web-seminar)         

 

 

Leader:   Victoria Scarlett

 

Date:       Wednesday, October 14, 2009

 

Time:       7:00 to 8:30 pm Eastern   (a 90-minute webseminar)  --  6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

 

Cost:        $15.00        

Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register.   Also, please note:  This class is offered as a web-seminar which requires that participants be online and on a landline phone at the same time.  Before you register, please see our FAQ page for how web-seminars work.      

                                            

Class#:     CMC-SP118 

 

Class size:  Limited to 10  

 


If you’re looking for new inspiration for your prayer life, try prayer books from the late Middle Ages--when the pairing of prayer with imagery flourished.  In this web-seminar you’ll see beautiful illustrated prayer books (Books of Hours) embellished with images of Christ’s infancy.  Learn how these personalized illuminated prayer books were used by lay people to individually pray the Liturgy of the Hours (including services such as Matins and Vespers), in emulation of contemplative monastic practices. 

 

Whether you’re creating your own personal prayer book or you’re looking for inspiration during the Advent season, you’ll enjoy learning more about Books of Hours: the prayers they contained, how the books were made, and how sacred art can enhance the prayer experience.  We’ll end the session with a guided visual meditation, using Advent imagery.

 

This class will be held as a web-seminar.  For more information about how a web-seminar works, click here.

 

 

Responses from participants in Victoria's class on icons:

The images were well chosen and Victoria's comments were insightful. Her prayers were meaningful and reflected her use of icons as art and 
from her personal faith. She was comfortable with our comments but did a good job of leading us back into focus. (Diocese of Indianapolis)
 
All worked fine for me in the class. I had no trouble signing on for the visuals. This is a great way for those of us in remote areas of the country 
to receive information from scholars of subjects. (Diocese of Wyoming)
 

 

Victoria Scarlett is the Director of the Center for Sacred Art, Seattle, an independent educational organization that explores sacred art from within a multi-faith context. As an art educator, cultural historian, and artist, she has a special interest in reclaiming sacred art as a tool for spiritual practice and conscious living.  Her art talks, tours, workshops, and retreats have been enthusiastically received at spirituality and retreat centers, universities, museums, churches, and cathedrals throughout the Northwest--including St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (Seattle) and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Portland, OR). 

Victoria holds a Master’s degree in Art History (emphasis in late Medieval and early Renaissance art) from the University of Washington, a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from San Francisco State University.  She has over a decade of experience curating educational exhibitions at institutions of higher learning.

 

The Center for Sacred Art website can be found at www.centerforsacredart.org

 

 

 

 

 

When Faith and Depression Meet    

 

 

Leader:       Barbara Crafton

 

Date:           Wednesday, October 21, 2009

 

Time:           8:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --    7:00 pm Central, 6:00 pm Mountain,  5:00 pm Pacific

           Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar! 

Cost:           $14.00        Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register.                                                                  

 

 

Class size:   Limited to 15

 

Class #:       CMC-SP121B

 

 

Sorrow comes and then, after a time, it goes. Almost always, it leaves a scar - a big one or a little one, depending on what it is. But sorrow is the usual human response to loss. Sorrow is as normal as toenails. And it's not what this class is about.

 

Depression isn't something everybody has. It is not normal. While it may take root in the shock of a sudden sorrow or a profound life change, it may also just come for no reason at all that the naked eye can see... Depression is the sapping of spiritual strength and joy, the graying of everything, a growing awareness that something is missing and nothing is working as it should, a creeping inability to honor any of one's own achievements or claim any of one's own blessings.

 

And depression confounds those who must live alongside it. They offer what counsel they have, the things that have worked well in their lives to ease them out of sorrow, not realizing that depression and sorrow are not the same thing...

 

This class will explore depression in the many people of faith who have experienced it. Of course, it will not do so fully: like all human experience, depression fits itself to the vessel it has chosen, and no two of us are the same.

 

 

  Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director and author. She directs The Geranium Farm, an online institute for spiritual growth, which publishes the Almost-Daily eMos, online meditations read by thousands of people worldwide. 
Crafton was rector of St. Clement's Church in Manhattan's Theatre district. She was also a chaplain on the waterfront of New York, and served both historic Trinity Church, Wall Street and St. John's Church in Greenwich Village. She was a chaplain at Ground Zero during the recovery effort after the WTC bombing.

An actress, director and producer, she has worked for many years in combining the lively arts and the life of faith. Her books, articles, and radio scripts have won many awards, including numerous Polly Bond Awards from Episcopal Communicators and the coveted Gabriel Award for religious broadcasting. Her newest book is Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet.


Barbara is seen frequently on television both as a preacher and as a commentator on Hallmark's "New Morning" and "America at Worship," and has been profiled extensively in electronic and print media throughout the world.

Barbara Crafton is married to Richard Quaintance, sometimes better known simply as "Q", a professor of English literature. She has two children and two grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflections On Our Year In Italy     

 

 

Leader:       Barbara Crafton

 

Date:           Monday, September 14, 2009

 

Time:           8:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   7:00 pm Central, 6:00 pm Mountain, 5:00 pm Pacific

           Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar! 

Cost:           $14.00        Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register.                                                                  

 

 

Class size:   Limited to 15

 

Class #:       CMC-SP120

 

 

In August 2008, Barbara Crafton, along with her husband Q and cats Ben and Santi, flew to Florence Italy to begin a year-long ministry as interim rector at St. James' Episcopal Church in Florence.

As she comes to the end of her time at St. James', join Barbara for a conversation about her experience this past year -- what has surprised her, given her joy, challenged or concerned her -- all the fullness of her ministry as an American priest in an ancient Italian city.

 

 

 

  Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director and author. She directs The Geranium Farm, an online institute for spiritual growth, which publishes the Almost-Daily eMos, online meditations read by thousands of people worldwide. 
Crafton was rector of St. Clement's Church in Manhattan's Theatre district. She was also a chaplain on the waterfront of New York, and served both historic Trinity Church, Wall Street and St. John's Church in Greenwich Village. She was a chaplain at Ground Zero during the recovery effort after the WTC bombing.

An actress, director and producer, she has worked for many years in combining the lively arts and the life of faith. Her books, articles, and radio scripts have won many awards, including numerous Polly Bond Awards from Episcopal Communicators and the coveted Gabriel Award for religious broadcasting. Her newest book is Jesus Wept: When Faith and Depression Meet.


Barbara is seen frequently on television both as a preacher and as a commentator on Hallmark's "New Morning" and "America at Worship," and has been profiled extensively in electronic and print media throughout the world.

Barbara Crafton is married to Richard Quaintance, sometimes better known simply as "Q", a professor of English literature. She has two children and two grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Magdalene in Art (a web-seminar)                                                  

 

 

Leader:   Victoria Scarlett

 

Date:       To be rescheduled for Fall 2009

 

Time:       7:00 to 8:30 pm Eastern   (a 90-minute webseminar)  --  6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

 

Cost:        $15.00          Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register.  

                                              Also, please see our FAQ about web-seminars:  You must be able to be online and on the phone at the same time.

 

Class#:    MDLC-SP117

 

Class size:  Limited to 10  

 

 

Are you interested in a deeper look at Mary Magdalene, beyond the claims and counter claims stirred up by the Da Vinci Code?  This review of Mary’s life, through the eloquent lens of European art and icons, brings you up close and personal to the human story of Mary --  with all its emotion, pathos, faith, and inspiration. 

 

Powerful imagery reveals Mary, Apostle to the Apostles, as a compelling embodiment of both the active and contemplative lives.  We’ll discuss how the art depicting Mary Magdalene can support and inspire spiritual development with its images of faith, courage, and compassion.

 

You can participate in this web-seminar from your home:   hear the presentation and discussion over the phone, while seeing  -- through your computer’s Internet connection -- a special visual presentation created just for this class.


For more information about how a web-seminar works, click here.

 

 

 

Victoria Scarlett is the Director of the Center for Sacred Art, Seattle, an independent educational organization that explores sacred art from within a multi-faith context. As an art educator, cultural historian, and artist, she has a special interest in reclaiming sacred art as a tool for spiritual practice and conscious living.  Her art talks, tours, workshops, and retreats have been enthusiastically received at spirituality and retreat centers, universities, museums, churches, and cathedrals throughout the Northwest--including St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (Seattle) and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Portland, OR). 

Victoria holds a Master’s degree in Art History (emphasis in late Medieval and early Renaissance art) from the University of Washington, a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from San Francisco State University.  She has over a decade of experience curating educational exhibitions at institutions of higher learning.

 

The Center for Sacred Art website can be found at www.centerforsacredart.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spirituality of the Labyrinth                                                             

 

 

Leader:   Lauren Artress

 

Date:       Last offered:    Monday, February 11, 2008

 

Time:       7:30 pm Eastern   (a 90-minute webseminar)  --  6:30 Central, 5:30 Mountain, 4:30 Pacific

 

Cost:       $15.00          Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class#:    MDLC-SP103    

 

Class size:  Limited to 10  

 

 

This class will be an introduction to the labyrinth as a spiritual, mystical tool -- symbolic of the Path of Life -- and its role in re-introducing the spiritual practice of walking meditation back into the Christian tradition.  

 

The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. Labyrinth designs were found on pottery, tablets and tiles that date as far back as 4000 years.   The labyrinth design used by Lauren Artress is a replica of the 11-circuit labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral in France. This pattern, once central to cathedral culture, was inlaid into the stone floor in 1201.  Labyrinths are currently being used world-wide as a way to quiet the mind, find balance,and encourage meditation, insight and celebration. They can be found in medical centers, parks, churches, schools, prisons, memorial parks and retreat centers as well as in people's backyards.

 

We'll look at the labyrinth's historical development and its current revitalization as a tool for healing and meditation in the Christian tradition.  We'll explore practical ways to make the labyrinth a part of your own spiritual journey.  

 

Participants will be encouraged to locate and walk a labyrinth (either life- or finger-sized) before the class session. 

 

 

  The Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress is an Episcopal priest and Canon at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, where she served as Canon Pastor until 1995 and as a Canon for Special Ministries until August 2004.  She created Quest: Grace Cathedral Center for Spiritual Wholeness in 1987 through the Laurence S. Rockfeller Fund for The Enhancement of the Human Spirit.

 

Lauren founded Veriditas (www.veriditas.org) in 1996, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing people to the labyrinth and its healing, meditative powers.  She travels world-wide offering workshops, lectures and retreats on the labyrinth and on Hildegard of Bingen.  She is also a licensed psychotherapist in California.

 

Lauren holds a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Ohio State University and a Master's of Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. She received her analytic training in Object Relations and Systems Theory at The Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute at The Institute of Religion and Health in New York City. Her Doctor of Ministry degree was granted in 1986 from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston Massachusetts in Pastoral Psychology.  She is a Diplomate in the American Association for Pastoral Counselors and a Clinical Member in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, and is a licensed psychotherapist in California.

 

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Forgiveness:  What It Is and What It Isn't                  

 

 

Leader:     Barbara Crafton

 

Date:         Last offered:   Monday, February 4, 2008

 

Time:         9:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   8:00 Central, 7:00 Mountain, 6:00 Pacific

Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar!

 

Cost:        $14.00            Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:   Limited to 12

 

 

Class #:    CMC-SP105B

 

 

Are there unforgivable sins?  What does it mean when we say God forgives us?   Is there someone you cannot forgive?  Or is there someone who cannot forgive you?  Do you have trouble forgiving yourself?  

 

This class is for people with serious questions about forgiveness.  Join us for a time of presentation, exploration and discussion of this key element of our faith.  

 

 

  Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director and author. She directs The Geranium Farm, an online institute for spiritual growth, which publishes the Almost-Daily eMos, online meditations read by thousands of people worldwide. 

Crafton was rector of St. Clement's Church in Manhattan's Theatre district. She was also a chaplain on the waterfront of New York, and served both historic Trinity Church, Wall Street and St. John's Church in Greenwich Village. She was a chaplain at Ground Zero during the recovery effort after the WTC bombing.

An actress, director and producer, she has worked for many years in combining the lively arts and the life of faith. Her books, articles, and radio scripts have won many awards, including numerous Polly Bond Awards from Episcopal Communicators and the coveted Gabriel Award for religious broadcasting. She is seen frequently on television both as a preacher and as a commentator on Hallmark's "New Morning" and "America at Worship," and has been profiled extensively in electronic and print media throughout the world.

Barbara Crafton is married to Richard Quaintance, sometimes better known simply as "Q", a professor of English literature. She has two children and two grandchildren.

 

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Writing the Almost Daily eMos:  The Craft of Devotional Prose                

 

Leader:     Barbara Crafton

 

Date:         Last offered:   Monday, March 10, 2008

 

Time:         9:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   6:00 Central, 7:00 Mountain, 8:00 Pacific

Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar!

 

Cost:        $14.00            Please read eMinistry's registration policies before you register

 

Class size:   Limited to 12

 

 

Class #:    MDLC-SP116

 

 

Devotional writing is deceptive.  Don't you just write down what you believe?  Well, not really:  writing for publication is communicative, not therapeutic;  the reader is more important than the writer.  Its spirituality is that of the preacher or the officiant at a liturgy:  you are there for the other and not for yourself.  And this is a paradox, since the content of this kind of writing is the most personal one can imagine.
 
Join Barbara and participants across the Church in an exploration of these mysteries and more.

 

  Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director and author. She directs The Geranium Farm, an online institute for spiritual growth, which publishes the Almost-Daily eMos, online meditations read by thousands of people worldwide. 

Crafton was rector of St. Clement's Church in Manhattan's Theatre district. She was also a chaplain on the waterfront of New York, and served both historic Trinity Church, Wall Street and St. John's Church in Greenwich Village. She was a chaplain at Ground Zero during the recovery effort after the WTC bombing.

An actress, director and producer, she has worked for many years in combining the lively arts and the life of faith. Her books, articles, and radio scripts have won many awards, including numerous Polly Bond Awards from Episcopal Communicators and the coveted Gabriel Award for religious broadcasting. She is seen frequently on television both as a preacher and as a commentator on Hallmark's "New Morning" and "America at Worship," and has been profiled extensively in electronic and print media throughout the world.

Barbara Crafton is married to Richard Quaintance, sometimes better known simply as "Q", a professor of English literature. She has two children and two grandchildren.

 

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Create Your Own Rule of Life for the Coming Year:       

A Faithful Alternative to New Years' Resolutions

 

 

 

Leader:      Debra Farrington                                                                                                                

 

Class #:       MDLC-SP110

 

 

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.” So begins the Rule of Life—Benedict’s—that remains the most widely known of monastic rules. This rule, and all of the others that exist, help communities and individuals to balance their lives—work, play, study, rest—with God at the center. 

 

Rather than the New Year’s resolutions which are so quickly forgotten (or abandoned) — and which are largely about what we don’t like about ourselves—a rule of life is a positive response to the God who loves us unconditionally. Over these three weeks we'll look at a brief history of the development of rules of life, identify the elements of a rule of life, and evaluate the different areas of our life in relation to the rule of life we wish to create for ourselves.   

 

Join us to explore this ancient practice of God's faithful people, and begin to discern what your own way of living a balanced life with God at the center might look like. 

 

 

Debra Farrington is the author of seven books of Christian spirituality, including  Romancing the Holy and Hearing With the Heart:  A Gentle Guide to Discerning God’s Will for Your Life.  She was the editorial director and then publisher for Morehouse Publishing, an Episcopal publishing house. Before that she managed the bookstore for the nine seminaries of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She has written for a wide variety of journals and magazines including The Lutheran, Publishers Weekly, Alive Now, Spirituality and Health, U. S. Catholic, and online forums such as Beliefnet.com.  Debra's website is www.debrafarrington.com.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sacred Art of Listening                                                         

 

 

Leader:     Kay Lindahl

 

Date:         To be offered again Spring 2008

 

Time:         8:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

    Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar!

Cost:         $10.00

 

Class size:   Limited to 10

 

Class #:       MDLC-SP109

 

 

We are experiencing more diversity than at any time in history. We come from all over the world, from many traditions and cultural roots.  We live and work side by side, and yet we don’t really know each other well or understand our differences.  To live together in harmony calls for new ways to listen to each other.

 

Most of us are familiar with classes on public speaking, preparing us to speak.  We never even think about what it might mean to prepare to listen.  The Sacred Art of Listening is a class that prepares us to listen, to God, to ourselves and to others.  The quality of our listening can make a profound difference in any conversation.  It is a sacred art and a spiritual practice.

 

This class will introduce you to the basic principles of sacred listening and to the Top Ten Powerful Listening Practices.  We'll explore ways to:

 

Listen to your own inner voice
Heighten your awareness and sensitivity to opportunities for deep listening
Expand your capacity to be present in all circumstances
Transform your relationships

 

 

Kay Lindahl has been described as an inspired presence with passionate energy. She founded The Listening Center with the mission of exploring the sacred nature of listening.  She designs and presents classes, workshops and retreats on the sacred art of listening, and has led programs for religious, spiritual, community and business groups throughout the United States and internationally. 

 

She also founded the Alliance for Spiritual Community, a grass-roots interfaith organization which focuses on the dialogue process.  She is a member of the Forge Guild of Spiritual Leaders and Teachers ,  the International Listening Association. and the North American Interfaith Network. (www.nain.org) as well as on the Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Conerns for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

 

Kay is the author for The Sacred Art of Listening, Practicing the Sacred Art of Listening and How Does God Listen? published by SkyLight Paths Publishing.

 

 

 

 

 

Answer Me, O Lord:

Biblical Stories for Those Living in Transition

 

Leader:      Debra Farrington                                                                                                                

 

Date:          To be offered Spring 2008

 

Time:          7:00 pm Eastern  (one hour teleclass) 

Please adjust your schedule to reflect time zone differences (ie, 6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific)

 

Cost:           $22.00

 

Class size:   Limited to 10

 

Class #:       MDLC-SP113

 

 

We spend our lives spinning webs of connection—with our family, friends and colleagues, with our work and our passions. These webs of connection are the ones in which we walk around and at least pretend to know who we are.  But our webs, like the spider’s, are very fragile, subject to sudden gusts of change and the slow erosion of time.

 

How do we live—much less live from a spiritual place—in the midst of divorce, loss of health or employment, the death of a loved one, and other transitions chosen and not chosen?   What wisdom and support can we draw from our faith tradition as we meet the challenges of these transitions?

 

Come join us as we explore both the hard work and the creative opportunities inherent in our times of transition, illuminated through the transitions found in the biblical stories of Exodus and Numbers.

 

 

 

Debra Farrington, an Associate of the Community of the Holy Spirit, is also the author of eight books of Christian spirituality, including The Seasons of a Restless Heart: Spiritual Guidance for Living in Transition. She speaks regularly at conferences, and leads retreats for various retreat centers and groups around the country. 

 

For more on Debra check out her website at www.debrafarrington.com. Re Class proposal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Is Your Spirituality?  (And Who Defines It?)                                         

 

Leader:   Alan Akridge

 

Date:       To be offered again Spring 2008

 

Time:       8:00 pm Eastern  (one hour teleclass) --  7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

 

Cost:       $20.00

 

 

Class#:    MDLC-SP102       

 

 

It is not a question of whether or not you have a spirituality but whose!  Is your spirituality cultural?  Natural?   Economic?  Buddhist, Jewish, Christian?   Becoming more aware of what spirituality we live by is a key part of our spiritual growth -- and it's especially important in areas of our society where "keeping up with the Joneses" is a continual lifestyle challenge. 

 

This conference will present a method for exploring the word "spirituality" in a way that is meaningful to all persons, whether they are part of a faith community or consider themselves "spiritual but not religious."   It can be used as a parish Sunday forum, as part of a newcomer program, or as a way to help current members deepen their faith and commitment to congregational life.  Or it can be useful as a presentation to a community group, to look at the area of spirituality with people who may not be part of a faith community.

 

Looking at the nature of spirituality and its claims over us, we'll examine how to bring our spirituality into the context of our everyday life.

 

 

 

  Alan Akridge is the youth and family associate at Saint Alban's Episcopal Church in Hickory, NC.  Prior to his arrival in Hickory, in 2001, Alan was the youth and family minister at Christ Church in Grosse Pointe, Michigan for 3 1/2 years.  A graduate of Auburn University with a BA and Virginia Seminary with an MTS (Master of Theological Studies), Alan completed his M.Div. equivalency at Wake Forest Divinity School in Winston Salem, NC.  He is a congregational development consultant and the co-founder of the Epiphany Institute.  Mostly, Alan is a priest, father, and husband (though not necessarily in that order.)

 

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Building Your Life and Faith Legacy                      

 

Leader:    Cecile Adams

 

Date:       To be offered Spring 2008

 

Time:       8:00 pm Eastern  (one hour teleclass) --  7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

 

Cost:       $30.00

 

Class#:    MDLC-SP111    

 

 

We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us in the faith and enjoy the benefits (or struggle with the liabilities) of what they valued.  At some point, people we know and those whom we do not know will stand on our shoulders and inherit our legacy; for we will have joined the “endless line of splendor” of the eternal saints of God.

 

What is a spiritual legacy? -- and what legacy do we want to leave? 

 

What will we choose to “hand down” to our children and grandchildren in the faith? 

 

What can we do -- how can we live -- now so that our legacy will be as powerful and supportive as we hope it will?

 

Drawing on our Scriptural foundations and our life of prayer, we'll explore 

Our values, and how they connect with what Jesus valued;  

Our faith:  our essential beliefs, and the congruity between what we say we believe and how we live out those beliefs;  

Our actions and behaviors:  the role of intentionality in creating a desirable legacy.  

 

Join us for this three-session teleclass on how our core values, faith stance, and behaviors create the legacy we believe God desires us to leave for those who will follow us in giving glory to God and doing God’s work in the world.

 


  L. Cecile Adams has been coaching in the areas of leadership, careers and relationships since 1998.

 

Cecile has led workshops and seminars on coaching for Christian Educators, non-profit organizations, people working with abused children, and the general public.  She edited Coaching By the Book, a premier resource for Christian coaches, and is the co-author of A New Direction for Leadership:  A Guidebook for Coaching in the Church. 

 

A retired diaconal minister in the United Methodist Church, Cecile has served on several conference staffs, including four years as Council Director for the Detroit Conference. She has worked with the Intentional Growth Center at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina – a conference center for the United Methodist Church -- in developing distance learning pilot projects

 

As a personal and business coach, Cecile works through the company she established:  Creative Coaching Center. 

 

   

 

 

 

 

An Introduction to Faith-based Reconciliation                                             

 

 

Leader:   Brian Cox

 

Date:       To be rescheduled in 2008 

 

Time:       7:00 pm Eastern  (one hour teleclass) --  6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

 

Cost:       $10.00

 

Class#:    MDLC-SP104       

 

 

This class is for clergy or laity who seek to understand the basic principles of faith-based reconciliation -- a moral vision and model of how God's people are to live together.  

 

The class will include an opening presentation on the eight core values of faith-based reconciliation.  We'll have time for discussion, questions and answers concerning the application of these core values in our personal lives, the local church or the present situation in the Episcopal Church.  

 

 

   The Reverend Canon Brian Cox has been answering the call to the work of faith-based reconciliation since 1984. He has been a pioneer of this work in the Episcopal Church and within the circles of international politics and diplomacy. His model of faith-based reconciliation in Kashmir has been cited by many policymakers and diplomats as an innovative integration of religion and politics in the cause of peacemaking.   He is the co-founder of reconcilers.net, a growing movement of Episcopalians working on reconciliation in the life and mission of the Episcopal Church.

 

Cox has been Rector of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, California since 1992.  He is a senior vice president for the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD), an independent, Washington, D.C.-based nongovernmental agency that seeks healing and reconciliation in a variety of global hotspots.

 

 

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Praying in the Celtic Way                                                                                  

 

 

Leader:     Mary Earle

 

Date:         Last offered February 2007

 

Time:         7:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

    Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar!

Cost:         $12.00

 

Class size:   Limited to 10

 

Class #:       MDLC-SP107

 

 

The prayers used for centuries by Christians in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany and Cornwall offer us a way of perceiving all the world in Christ, and of practicing the presence of God in the daily rhythms of our lives.  

 

During this hour we'll explore some of these prayers and reflect together on ways in which this way of praying may allow us to see that indeed, "nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord"  (Romans 8:38)  

 

Participants will be given suggestions for adapting the Celtic prayers to their own lives, circumstances and ministries.

 

 

Mary C. Earle is an Episcopal priest, author, spiritual director and retreat leader.  Author in Residence for The Workshop, a ministry of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Mary also teaches classes in spiritual formation for the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin.  

 

Her books include Holy Companions: Spiritual Practices from the Celtic Saints, Beginning Again: Benedictine Wisdom for Living with Illness, Broken Body, Healing Spirit: Lectio Divina and Living with Illness and The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from Women of the Wilderness.  

 

Mary received the Durstan MacDonald Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Seminary of the Southwest in 2003.  Her website is www.marycearle.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discernment 101:                                                                  

A Gentle Guide for Discerning God's Will for your Life                                

 

 

Leader:     Debra Farrington

 

Date:         To be offered again Spring 2008

 

Time:         8:00 pm Eastern  (one-hour teleclass) --   7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

    Please be sure to reflect the above time zone differences when you put this on your calendar!

Cost:         $30.00

 

Class size:   Limited to 10

 

Class #:     MDLC-SP106

 

 

How can you discern what God wants for you in your life?  How do you listen for God’s gracious guidance as you face daily decisions, both big and small? And how do you know that what you are hearing comes from God — and not your ego or simply your own wishful thinking?    In this three-part class, we'll explore a number of practical tools for living a discerning life.  We'll get some experience in how to practice discernment in our daily lives so we get the feel of how it works, and because you can't really learn about discernment without doing it! 

 

The class presentations will be on a variety of prayer practices, different ways of paying attention, how study feeds the discerning life, and why community is essential to discernment.  We'll also introduce some skills for more focused discernment in high-stress times.  

 

There will be plenty of time for discussion and response to the presentations, and there will be handouts and questions for the week between the sessions.   The goal of the class is that participants will finish the class with actual, personal experience of several spiritual practices, and a deeper understanding of the discernment as a spiritual process.

 

 

Debra Farrington is the author of seven books of Christian spirituality, including  Romancing the Holy and Hearing With the Heart:  A Gentle Guide to Discerning God’s Will for Your Life.  She was the editorial director and then publisher for Morehouse Publishing, an Episcopal publishing house. Before that she managed the bookstore for the nine seminaries of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She has written for a wide variety of journals and magazines including The Lutheran, Publishers Weekly, Alive Now, Spirituality and Health, U. S. Catholic, and online forums such as Beliefnet.com.  Debra's website is www.debrafarrington.com.

 

 

 

 

 

The Women Jesus Knew      

 

Leader:    Bonnie Ring

 

Date:       To be offered again Spring 2008

 

Time:       8:00 pm Eastern  (one hour teleclass) --  7:00 Central, 6:00 Mountain, 5:00 Pacific

 

Cost:       $20.00

 

Class#:    MDLC-SP112

 

Class size:  Limited to 12  

 

Just as the stories of the Bible teach us about God’s relationship to the ancient peoples of God, the stories about Jesus are stories of relationship too. In his relationships with others, Jesus showed us a God who knows and loves us as we are, and charges us to love ourselves and others in the same way.  

In this class we will center on the stories of the biblical women whom Jesus knew  — from Mary and Martha to the Samaritan woman at the well.  By looking closely at the lives and stories of these women of Scripture and their encounters with Jesus, we can discover new depths to our own lives and stories — and encounter Jesus as one who intimately understands our life experience.  In learning about and discussing the unique relationships Jesus shared with these women, we can experience him as they did and deepen our relationship with him, with them, and with our own selves.  

In preparing for this experience, two attitudes will be helpful: a willingness to let these biblical women speak with their own voices and an openness to hearing what we have not heard before. Their stories can help us uncover more of the richness of our own stories and form the basis for a different and deeper relationship with Jesus.

      

The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Ring is an Episcopal priest, a licensed psychotherapist, spiritual director and retreat leader in the Diocese of California. In addition she develops parish programs on spirituality and the spiritual needs of older men and women as well as providing expert facilitation for the labyrinth.  She has had a lifelong commitment to the development of mutual understanding among different ages, ethnic groups and faiths and conflicting groups.  She has provided leadership in numerous ecumenical organizations, including Spiritual Directors International, Interplay, Interfaith Alliance, Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation, and St. George’s College, Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

 

The Desert Mothers:                                                                          

Spiritual Practices from Women of the Wilderness                               

 

 

Leader:    Mary Earle

 

Date:       Last offered Spring 2007

 

Time:       7:00 pm Eastern  (one hour teleclass) --  6:00 Central, 5:00 Mountain, 4:00 Pacific

 

Cost:       $12.00    (group discount available for 3 or more people from one congregation)

 

 

Class#:    MDLC-SP108       

 

 

Who were the desert mothers?  What do their lives, their sayings and their practices of prayer have to teach us in our modern day?  How might we learn from their steadfast attention to the Great Commandment to love God and our neighbors as our selves?  

 

In this class participants will learn something about our foremothers in the Christian faith, reflect on the tensions of loving God and neighbor and self, and discover some practical ways of living out that Great Commandment in the modern world.   The class will be based on Mary Earle's new book, The Desert Mothers, to be published Spring 2007 by Church Publishing, Inc.

 

 

  Mary C. Earle is an Episcopal priest, author, spiritual director and retreat leader.  Author in Residence for The Workshop, a ministry of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Mary also teaches classes in spiritual formation for the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin.  

 

Her books include Holy Companions: Spiritual Practices from the Celtic Saints, Beginning Again: Benedictine Wisdom for Living with Illness, Broken Body, Healing Spirit: Lectio Divina and Living with Illness and The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from Women of the Wilderness.  

 

Mary received the Durstan MacDonald Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Seminary of the Southwest in 2003.  Her website is www.marycearle.org

 

 

 

 

A New Heaven and A New Earth         

                                                                    

 

 

Leader:    Barbara Crafton

 

Date:       Last offered March 2007

 

Cost:         $14.00

 

Class size:   Each session is limited to 14

 

 

Life pours blessings on us, but it also throws us the occasional curve ball, and we have no choice but to catch it if we want to stay in the game. What has your life taught you? It's guaranteed that you've learned more from the things that didn't go as planned than you ever learned from the slam dunks.

Join us for this session about the death of one hope and the birth of another, about where healing and renewal are to be found.

 

 

 

  Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director and author. She directs The Geranium Farm, an online institute for spiritual growth, which publishes the Almost-Daily eMos, online meditations read by thousands of people worldwide. 

Crafton was rector of St. Clement's Church in Manhattan's Theatre district. She was also a chaplain on the waterfront of New York, and served both historic Trinity Church, Wall Street and St. John's Church in Greenwich Village. She was a chaplain at Ground Zero during the recovery effort after the WTC bombing.

An actress, director and producer, she has worked for many years in combining the lively arts and the life of faith. Her books, articles, and radio scripts have won many awards, including numerous Polly Bond Awards from Episcopal Communicators and the coveted Gabriel Award for religious broadcasting. She is seen frequently on television both as a preacher and as a commentator on Hallmark's "New Morning" and "America at Worship," and has been profiled extensively in electronic and print media throughout the world.

Barbara Crafton is married to Richard Quaintance, sometimes better known simply as "Q", a professor of English literature. She has two children and two grandchildren.

 

 

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